Not only does this uke look great, it sounds great. It is made with Hawaiian Koa wood. That's what the first ukuleles were made of! Not only that, but the 18 fret neck is made with an ebony wood. The gloss top makes it shine nicely. The ukulele plays with a clear, amazing sound. Even the cheapest strings couldn't sound bad on this guy. It also comes with a hardshell case to keep it safe when you're travelling.